With the confirmed presence of Laurence Tubiana and agreement in principle by Pierre Rabhi and Martin Khor!
13 October 2014
The 2015 Symposium will be honoured by the presence of several high-level speakers. Laurence Tubiana (Director of IDDRI and Ambassador for Climate Change Negotiations, Paris 2015) has confirmed her participation. Pierre Rabhi (philosopher, agricultural biologist novelist and poet) and Martin Khor (Executive Director of the South Centre, Geneva) have agreed in principle.
13 October 2014
The 2nd Symposium website can be temporarily accessed through the following address http://cidd2015.sciencesconf.org/?lang=en. This temporary site is under construction and will evolve in the coming weeks. Feel free to consult this website regularly.
6 October 2014
Following the success of the 1st Interdisciplinary Symposium on Sustainable Development, the Walloon Government has decided to repeat the event. The co-chairs, Jean-Pascal van Ypersele and Marek Hudon, are pleased to inform you that the second Symposium will take place on the 21st and 22nd of May, 2015 in Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL) with an initial conference on the 20th of May in Brussels (ULB). This second Congress will be organized with the support of the Public Service of Wallonia. More information will follow in the weeks to come!
1st Interdisciplinary Symposium on Sustainable Development
Context and aims
Our societies are currently in the grip of a systemic crisis that is at the same time environmental, economic, and social. In this context, the present symposium aims to:
- encourage innovative scientific perspective;
- promote an interdisciplinary approach;
- enhance the recognition of scientists working on sustainable development.
This is an international scientific symposium which also seeks to encourage the participation and the involvement of both decision-makers and civil society.
The overarching theme of the symposium is to analyse how the concept of transition ties in with the notion of sustainable development (What are the issues that justify a transition? Which kind of transition and how to put it in place? Is it scientifically, economically, and socially achievable? What are the barriers? What positive experiences are there?) More specifically, contributions must tie in with one of the six areas proposed for the parallel sessions:
- Global commons
- Food, agriculture and animal farming
- Housing and land-use planning
- Transition models
- The role of public authorities in the transition
Transition and non-governmental actors
The 1st Interdisciplinary Symposium on Sustainable Development is organised with the support of the Walloon Minister of Sustainable Development and Research. This symposium is co-chaired by the Professors Jean-Pascal van Ypersele (Université catholique de Louvain) and Marek Hudon (Université libre de Bruxelles).
The symposium is fully booked. Registration is closed. Sign up for the newsletter, join our Facebook group or follow the symposium on Twitter to be kept informed of photos, videos and other information posted during the symposium.
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The symposium is wheelchair accessible.
Professional interpreters will provide simultaneous translation from French into English and vice versa during the entire symposium.
Sustainability Science for Strong Sustainability
Report requested by the Walloon Minister of Sustainable Development and for the Civil Service, Jean-Marc NOLLET
Conference on 30/01/2013
On the occasion of the symposium, a conference open to everyone will take place at the UCL on 30/01/2013 at 4pm on the state of the planet.